Be among the first visitors to the remote Mountain Province in the beautiful Philippine Cordillera. This six-day itinerary will have you hiking through centuries-old rice terraces and mountainous landscapes, breaking bread with locals in traditional villages along the way.

Highlights

  • Enjoy breakfast in the clouds, taking in a sunrise over Maligcong
  • Hike through Sadanga to remote villages and meet the locals
  • Relax in a natural hot spring after hiking the Hapao rice terraces and mountains
  • Explore the famous Banaue Rice Terraces carved into the mountains of Ifugao

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Manila, Overnight to Banaue Bus
Day 2 Explore Banaue and Bontoc, Travel to Maligcong Maligcong
Day 3 Sunrise breakfast and hike in Maligcong Sadanga
Day 4 Sadanga waterfall hike and remote village visit Sadanga
Day 5 Explore Hapao and its rice terraces, Overnight to Manila Bus
Day 6 Depart Manila  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Manila - Overnight to Banaue

Banaue rice terraces and local Ifugao people philippines
Banaue rice terraces and local Ifugao people

Welcome to the Philippines. Transfer from the Manila airport to your evening bus and get some shut-eye as you travel north through winding mountain roads to your destination. In the morning you will be in Banaue, home of the famous Banaue Rice Terraces.

Day 2: Explore Banaue and Bontoc - Travel to Maligcong

A woman works the rice fields
A woman works the rice fields

Though you're not in uncharted territory yet, you can still enjoy the views of the Banaue Rice Terraces as you make your way to Bontoc to visit a museum on the people of the Cordillera. Step back in time as you learn how the indigenous people lived for centuries. In the afternoon, you will continue north to Maligcong to begin your exploration into the unknown.

Day 3: Sunrise breakfast - Hike in Maligcong

Wake up early for a beautiful sunrise over Maligcong
Wake up early for a beautiful sunrise over Maligcong

Today you will rise early to hike up a mountain ridge to catch a magnificent sunrise. The ridge overlooks a valley that traps moisture, producing a sea of clouds, through which you will watch the sunrise. Enjoy breakfast with a view, before spending the rest of the morning hiking through mountains, rice terraces, and small remote villages. In the afternoon, you will travel further north to Sadanga, venturing into more remote areas.

Day 4: Sadanga waterfall hike - Remote village visit

Hike the Sadanga region and discover beautiful waterfalls
Hike the Sadanga region and discover beautiful waterfalls

Today you will hike to a stunning waterfall as well as visit three isolated villages that sit within the mountainous landscape and rice terraces. Because few outsiders have been to some of these remote locations, and visitors are considered novel, expect sudden home invitations and other welcoming delays.

Day 5: Explore Hapao and its rice terraces - Overnight to Manila

The Hapao landscape
The Hapao landscape

Today you will return to Banaue and carry on southwest to the village of Hapao. Believed to have the oldest rice terraces in the country, Hapao offers panoramic views of lush vegetation. Hike through the terraces and villages to make your way to a hot spring where you can soak your weary muscles. In the evening, board an overnight bus for your return journey back to Manila.

Day 6: Depart from Manila

Facade of San Agustin Manila Philippines
Church of San Agustin in Manila

Arrive back in Manila in the early morning. Depending on your departure details, you may wish to explore more of the capital city before catching your flight home.